“I've got travel rage,” the hotel-and-spa designer Clodagh (right) told me recently when I visited her studio in New York's Soho for a virtual tour of the just-opened W Ft. Lauderdale.
I've met Clodagh (just one name—like Madonna) a couple of times before and always walked away feeling totally relaxed. She has that kind of an effect on people, so I was a little surprised that this calm Irish woman could have anything verging on rage. But apparently, it informs many of her designs. Her number-one complaint: bad lighting.
In fact, lighting takes center stage all over this new W property, located right across from Ft. Lauderdale's Main Beach. Every room has powerful lamps for reading in bed, as well as a “love light” (yes, it means what you think it means) to set the mood.
The entrance of the hotel is illuminated in a low-level ultraviolet haze, and up at the buzzing rooftop bar, lanterns glow amber. That means two things: the sea turtles nesting on the beach aren’t bothered by the high luminosity of regular lights, and your skin looks great. Sign me up!
Laura Begley is the deputy editor at Travel + Leisure.